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‘The Fifty Two Prescriptions’ and TCM predate Berkeley.


Forget about scientific human trials, It ain't gonna happen. It's a natural herb and the Chinese have already isolated the active chemical ingredient.

Of course it can happen. The fact that the Chinese have isolated the active chemical ingredient doesn't mean there won't be HUMAN trials! A variety of cellular and animal studies, and human pharmacokinetics, are needed before clinical trials can even be attempted.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is part of NIH, has a huge roster of ongoing and imminent research. Among these are a number of studies looking at plant extracts, including for cancers. Some of them are leading up to clinical trials. Yes, Iggie -- actual human clinial trials for plant therapies.

The effort that you're making to help your ex is great. I'm not knocking it in any way, shape, or form. But you asked me what I would do for myself. You know I don't always agree with your conclusions or your sources. And for me -- you saying "I'm confident that it's much safer than pharmaceutical drugs" isn't something I can make my decisions on. I need to look at existing information myself, and talk to anyone I can access who may have some information or insight. And that might end up proving you right. Or it might not. You're making the decision for your wife based on what you bring to it. And obviously you've done a good bit of reading. Your wife obviously doesn't have much in the way of medical resources to draw on. So you stick with what you feel is right.

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